Hello, I am going off to college soon and am hoping to get some advice on purchasing a laptop for college. I am planning on majoring in Computer Science and am generally a heavy gamer. So far I have my eyes on the new Alienware 13(r3) and the Alienware 15(r3) (You are welcome to give me other suggestions). I am looking for a laptop that is portable and can handle most games pretty well. I also think battery life is important as well, what do you guys think? My price range goes from anything below $2600
I know I can build q godly desktopcomputer that can destroy these overpriced laptops, but the bottom line is I need something I can carry around. I already built a desktop and would love to bring it with me but the dorms are rather small and I think it would be awkward if I borught a desktop and monitor around with me everywhere
Alienware laptops are not exactly mobile and the battery can not really last long....yes...you can still carry them...
Alienware laptops are gaming desktop replacement laptops.
They are heavy, quite big and the battery stamina is bad...in exchange for good gaming performance...
Do not expect to run Alienware laptops for more than 3 hours of non-stop heavy gaming, even 2 hours is already hard to achieve.
Alienware laptops are still a lot better than PC in term of mobility tho'.
I believe the 17" one to be too big. The problem is I need something portable(in terms of size) and has decent battery life. The size I think are good are 13" and 15" but I'm unsure of which would be better. The 13" has mediocre battery life but OLED and is lighter and smaller. On the other hand the 15" has higher battery life but is a bit heavier and bigger. I am open to other suggestions by the way
I can put together an ITX build if you want that'll be around the size of a modem, you won't be dragging the monitor or PC around, they'll be sitting in your dorm?
That's why I listed a workstation laptop above it....
Alienware 15...well the screen is too small to be used as permanent main screen but it is definitely more mobile than the 17.
Another option is to find a laptop with decent processor but only equiped with iGPU to be carried around. Once you are home, you can simply plug the laptop to something like Razer Core. (pay attention to the needed interface to the docking)
Alternative: Having a powerful PC as stationary and a cheap mobile laptop is also good.